The Europe Office

International Research, Knowledge Transfer and Mobility Programmes

European logoOur Vision: ‘Through a portfolio of EU funded projects and other engagement activities, GCU is globally recognised as a reputed international institution and partner of choice for cooperation and partnerships in the areas of research and innovation, teaching, mobility and exchange.’

The European Commission is the largest single funder of research, innovation and student exchange in the world. It offers opportunities for collaborations not only with other European Partners but also with partners outside Europe. GCU’s Europe Office aims to exploit these opportunities to access EU funding and forge strategic partnerships with universities, businesses and other organisations within the UK and across the globe.  

Horizon 2020

A new funding programme for research and innovation has been introduced by the European Commission with a budget of just over 70 billion euros. Horizon 2020 contains a number of focus areas which are linked to the Europe 2020 strategy.


The European Commission has also launched a funding scheme which consolidates all the current EU and international programmes for education, vocational training, youth and sport, under one banner.   

The Europe Office is responsible for promoting these programmes, developing new projects with academics and external partners, forging new links and expanding networks in Europe and throughout the world.  The team has already led its own successful projects, including the establishment of Innovation Centres in Latin America and North Africa, and is currently involved in a number of Social Innovation initiatives.            

Below is a selection of projects that the university has been involved in.  A-Footprint has already been recommended to the European Commission as a Flagship Project.

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For more information contact:

Head of European Programmes
Mark Anderson
+44 (0)141 331 8842

Europe Office Coordinator
Rhona Blincow
+44 (0)141 331 3928

Head of Exchange and Study Abroad
Rhona Hodgart
+44 (0)141 331 8270

European Project Manager
Pablo Lopez Alonso
+44(0) 141 331 8337